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2007 Chevrolet Malibu

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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Fresh from a major makeover last year, the Malibu sedan and Malibu Maxx wagon continue to offer consumers a strong incentive to move away from the leading imports and come home to Chevrolet. Loaded with unique features and based on a proven European platform, known in General Motors as the Epsilon, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx have strong appeal to consumers looking to get out of their gas-thirsty SUVs and into something fuel efficient, roomy and fun to drive. Although their engines and transmissions are not yet up to the standards set by Toyota and Honda, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx are far from outdated. Unfortunately, the pair still has some catching up to do in the area of residual and long-term resale values.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a mid-size sedan or hatchback with generous rear seat leg- and headroom plus an ample cargo hold, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx should be on your list. Those who spend hours in their cars will appreciate the excellent front seats.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're partial to Japanese-quality interiors, the Malibu probably won't cut it. Though clean, the overall interior is not up to the standard set by Mazda, Toyota and Hyundai. There is no manual transmission option, either.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 3.5-liter V6 is fitted with variable valve timing (VVT) and front and rear head-curtain airbags are now standard on LS and LT trims.

Driving the Malibu

Driving Impressions The Epsilon platform on which the Malibu rides shows itself once you start tossing the sedan into turns. The stiff body and firm suspension give up very little in the...

way of body lean, squat or dive. The Malibu easily pushes through tight turns, hindered only by its touring tires that squeal once they near their limits. At a standstill, the power steering is so light you can turn the wheel with one finger. Once in motion, however, the steering quickly firms up to return accurate and linear road feel. The four-speed automatic performs admirably, with a convenient up/down shift button that lets you toggle through gears one through three—a useful device when driving in snow.

Up/Down Shift Button
The up/down shift button on the automatic transmission lever lets you toggle between gears one through three.

Fold-Flat Passenger Seat
The Malibu's fold-flat front passenger seat increases cargo-hauling capability.

2007 Chevrolet Malibu Details
Interior

The Malibu's interior features large, legible gauges, a modern and clean center cluster and some of the best seats we've experienced in a Chevrolet. New colors and seat patterns definitely brighten the formerly monotone interior, but the plastic on the dash and door panels still needs some work. As for dimensions, the Malibu offers plenty of leg-, hip- and headroom both front and rear. The sedan's huge trunk also expands easily via the folding rear seat, while the Malibu Maxx wagon offers a sliding fore-and-aft split rear seat.

Exterior

Though handsome, the Malibu's exterior sheetmetal holds nothing earthshaking. Standout features include large jewel-like headlamps, styling lines that curve over the front and rear wheel arches and a bright chrome bar splitting the grille. While the sedan and wagon are virtually identical from the B-pillar forward, the Malibu Maxx distinguishes itself via a large flip-up hatchback and an additional six inches between the front and rear wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Malibu LS includes, as standard equipment, a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine, air conditioning, power door locks, four cup holders, dual power mirrors, power driver's seat height adjustment, two 12-volt outlets, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, tachometer, cruise control, power windows, AM/FM stereo with CD, front and rear head-curtain airbags and full wheel covers. The LT trim adds the 3.5-liter V6 (Maxx only), 16-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth seats, body-colored mirrors, door handles and rocker panels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls. The LTZ adds automatic air conditioning, heated mirrors, side-impact airbags, heated leather seats, six-way power driver's seat, 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and power adjustable pedals.

Optional Equipment

Popular options include a power sunroof, OnStar, front seat side-impact airbags, six-way power driver's seat, auto-dimming interior mirror, XM Satellite Radio, remote control starter, rear-seat DVD entertainment system (Maxx only) and a six-disc in-dash CD changer.

Under the Hood

The standard 2.2-liter engine is an underwhelming performer, but returns outstanding fuel economy considering the Malibu's size. The V6 models offer better power, with city/highway fuel economy almost equal to the four-cylinder. The new 200-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with variable valve timing accelerates briskly, with very little growl even under full throttle. Passing power is also excellent and, once up to speed, the engine is barely audible inside the passenger compartment.

2.2-liter in-line 4
144 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
155 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34

3.5-liter V6
217 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
217 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 (sedan), 20/29 (Maxx)

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 985 Ratings for the 2004 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

We loved it so much we now have two!

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 209,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Versatile, roomy and good fuel economy"

Cons: "STEERING SHAFTS!!!!!!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife had to have a black Maxx LT the first time she seen one, we owned a 2000 Malibu at the time (190,000 miles w/o major issues) and then we found the Maxx at our local Chevrolet dealer and the rest is history (to the tune of 209,000 miles on her Maxx and mine just turning 100,00 (yes I bought one after her's hit the 190,000 mile mark) Sadly Chevrolet seen fit to end the run of our beloved Maxx and low mile used are few and far between. We regrettably will be replacing her's with a 3/4 truck (that I will drive because she now wants my Maxx) could not be happier with the choice of vehicle! by the way I am a Ford technician and proudly own a Chevrolet!"

Exceptional car.

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It was a super design, Easy and fun to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Dependable, useful design like a station wagon but better looking. I hate to get rid of it but of course they don't make it anymore so I can't buy another one."

ONE OF THE MOST WELL TAKEN CARE OF CARS .

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "ROOMY,HIGLY RATED FOR SAFETY . COMFORTABLE"

Cons: "NONE FOR THE YEAR OF THE CAR"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"THIS CAR HAS NEVER BEEN IN SNOW! TIRES ARE LIKE NEW.NO SMOKING INSIDE EVER. THIS IS A ONE OWNER CAR. ALL RECORDS KEPT.HALF THE MILES ARE HIGHWAY MILES. 3.5 V-6.VERY COMFORTABLE RIDE. THIS CAR IS MUCH ROOMIER THAN IT LOOKS. SHOCKS AND STRUTS HAVE BEEN REPLACED. .."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have owned this car since driving it off the showroom floor. I have maintained it well with oil changes, tire rotations, front end alignments etc. I have had some issues but almost every one of them has been taken care of by GM on recalls. Great mileage (and I have 121K)and I will now be handing it over to my grandson with no doubt it will continue to perform well while he is in college."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great first car

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,080

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good gas mileage, reliable, very quick"

Cons: "blower motor resistor problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A Chevy Malibu was my first car when I turned 17 and is the only kind of car I want to own and drive for the rest of my life. I've owned two thusfar and both have been absolutely great. EXTREMELY reliable, good on gas, and a cheap fix if anything did go wrong. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

most reliable car ever.

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "easy to drive, smooth ride."

Cons: "broken brake light, needs new shocks."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

what a sweet ride!

"This car is my baby. where i live, it is not logical to have a car. The vehicle is in good condition. never had any issues with it. never missed an oil change and always kept up with the general maintenance. The body is in great condition. the interior does need a little cleaning but all of the seats are not damaged, just slightly satined. just had a NY inspection done in may and she passed. The mechanic informed me that the shocks need to be redone sometime this year but overall she is in great shape. Oh, and last thing is that the upper brake light above the hatch is broken. after I got the car back from inspection, the mechanic "fixed" the brake light and it popped out 2 weeks later. once again, this car has driven me all over and i have never had any issues with it. wish i could keep the car but it just isn't logical or convenient any longer."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

what a sweet ride!

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